I can only assume that the people who enjoyed it must not have gone to "The Deep" in Hull, as the two are worlds appart.
Lets forgo the fact that we had to queue for 45 minutes, and it was full of LARK's (Loud Annoying Rude Kids), whose parents felt it acceptable to let their children steamroller their way past you - I got kicked twice and punched several times & not one parent apologised. This of course isnt the Sea Life Centre's fault, I just mention it to warn non-POLARKS (Parents Of Loud Annoying Rude Kids).
So why did I hate it so much - to put it bluntly it was a rip off. I was fortunate that I had a 2 for 1 voucher, but even then I felt cheated. First off, you cant really stay as long as you want - and by this I mean it's pretty much a one way system, so you are herded along and once you get to the end, thats it - you cant go back round. If I paid full price it would have been about £40 for two people - dear lord, £40!?!
The tanks themselves were mostly very very darkly lit. Now having kept salt water fish for a long long time I found this surprising & disappointing. It was sometimes hard to see what was in it, and trying to take any type of photo - well I had the ISO up to 64000 with an aperture of F2.8 / shutter speed of 100 (which really wasn't fast enough to be honest), and it the photos were still very dark and in the end useless.
The fish they did have there were quite uninspiring - they did have an octopus, but we didnt see it as it was hidden away in a helmet. The hammerheads were of course great to see, but the only viewing was either through the acrylic walkway, which significantly distorts what you see - or there is a section at the end, but again it's bowed. There didnt seem to be a really big flat glass viewing area to watch them, which was a shame & as I say, very very disappointing.
When I reviewed what we actually saw - taking aside the sharks and bigger fish, some of the aquarium shops i've been too have had better and more interesting fish, and certainly in better lit and cleaner tanks.
This is a little tip for those who are visiting, go the loo before you get in there. The first toilets, at least so we were told, were about half way round the centre. Also dont expect much in the way of refreshments - we saw a couple of vending machines, but I dont even know if they have a cafe, we certainly didn't see one. Also they dont have their own car park, so you will have to fork out money for the multi-storey, which at the time of writing was about £3.30 for 3 hours or £6.80 for 6 (we paid the latter which was on the basis we'd be there for a while - mmmmmm......)
All in all I've been to a lot of zoos, parks, wildlife attractions all over the world, I'd guess you'd say it's my "thing", and this was one of the worst days out - no wait I cant say days as we were only there three hours - this was one of the worst 3 hours out I've spent in a long long time.
I guess if you dont know any different and have a Merlin pass, then you'll probably think it's ok, but sadly for me it was just awful.
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